cook with kids: marshmallow fondant

when your little one has an emoji birthday party, you try to make an emoji cupcake your little one can enjoy. after the marshmallow cools down, little one can have fun creating the emoji faces!


  • 1 cup gluten free miniature marshmallow (i.e. Dandies)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 packages yellow food coloring (i.e. Color Kitchen Foods)
  • 1 package red or pink food coloring
    various colored fruits


dust a cutting board with powdered sugar and set aside.

place the marshmallows and the water in a small pot and heat on low temperature until the marshmallows are puffy and expanded. stir the marshmallows with a rubber spatula until they are melted and smooth.

move pot from flame and add the powdered sugar. begin to stir with the spatula until the sugar begins to incorporate and it becomes impossible to stir anymore.

scrape the marshmallow-sugar mixture out onto the cutting board with powered sugar. it will be sticky and lumpy, with lots of sugar that has not been incorporated yet–this is normal. dust your hands with powdered sugar, and begin to knead the fondant mixture like bread dough, working the sugar into the marshmallow with your hands.

continue to knead the fondant until it smooths out and loses its stickiness. add more sugar if necessary, but stop adding sugar once it is smooth–too much sugar will make it stiff and difficult to work with. once the fondant is a smooth ball, it is ready to be used. you can now roll it out, shape it, or wrap it in cling wrap to use later. well-wrapped fondant can be stored in a cool room or in the refrigerator, and needs to be kneaded until supple before later use.

tip: color or flavor your fondant

if you want to add coloring or flavoring to your fondant, flatten it into a round disc. you might want to wear gloves to avoid getting food coloring on your hands during this step. add your desired amount of coloring or flavoring to the center of the disc, and fold the disc over on itself so that the color or flavor is enclosed in the center of the fondant ball.

begin to knead the ball of fondant just like you did before. as you work it, you will begin to see streaks of color coming through from the center. continue to knead until the streaks are gone and the fondant is a uniform color. your fondant is now ready to be used or stored as outlined above.


you can color pieces of fondant in the colors you need (for emojis it may include red, white and black) or you can cut up fruits such as:

  • eyes: blackberry or blueberry
  • lips: strawberries or raspberries
  • tongue sticking out: strawberry for mouth with tongue
  • hair: raspberries, blackberries, oranges, etc.


original recipe from the spruce: Marshmallow Fondant

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